Author - Dmitry Gorin

Man Arrested in North Hollywood Sexual Assaults

Local law enforcement offiicals have arrested a man they believe may have been responsible for a string of recent sexual assaults in the North Hollywood area.  Irvine Perez, who is 30 years old, is accused of sexually assaulting at least seven women since June, in some cases groping them, in others possibly exposing himself to them.  Police believe Perez is also responsible for the attempted kidnapping of a 17-year-old girl, allegedly chasing her back and forth across the street until she managed to evade him.

Perez is a registered sex offender who was convicted of a similar series of assaults in the San Fernando Valley in 2006 and 2007.  He was released from police custody on bond and is due to appear in court on December 5th.  Law enforcement officials are still searching for any additional victims.

One of the most frustrating aspects of criminal law is the wide variety of criminal acts that fall under the umbrella of “sex crimes.”  While being groped or having someone expose themselves to you may be unsettling, many people would deem it unfair to lump in these crimes with such serious offenses as rape or child molestation.  The majority of sex cries in the San Fernando Valley are felony criminal offenses that can easily put a person in jail, in addition to permanently tarnishing his or her reputation with sex offender registry and the stigma that is so often attached to being convicted of a sex crime.  If you or someone you know has been accused of a sex crime, you need an aggressive and experienced sex crime defense attorney on your side right away.

Exposing “private” body parts in a public place is usually charged as either lewd conduct or indecent exposure.  By law, if you are in a public space such as a restaurant or out on the street, the touching or displaying of the genitals or buttocks of both men and women, or the displaying of the breasts by a woman, may be offensive to someone and is punishable by up to one year in a County Jail, probation and sex offender registration, perhaps for life.  If the defendant has prior convictions for lewd conduct or indecent exposure, then the consequences could be even steeper as prior convictions tend to enhance the sentencing for just about any criminal offense, including a sex crime.

Two Men Arrested for Identity Theft in Los Angele County

In this digital age where so many things are purchased online using simply the series of numbers on a credit card, identity theft has been on the rise.  Current laws make it a serious criminal offense to assume another person’s identity or use their financial information or any reason, including for financial gain.  Whether a person is simply looking to improve their credit score by using someone else’s social security number and credit information, or using someone’s identification information to apply for lines of credit to purchase things for themselves, identity theft is a real crime that is often punished with up to 15 years in prison.

While identity theft is a federal crime, it can occur in a wide variety of ways and can take a numberof different forms.  From stealing a person’s bankcard PIN number to gain access to their bank account, to full-scale identity theft involving using another person’s identification information to apply for loans, purchase cars and get new apartments, people have their identification and financial information stolen every day.  Some of the most popular methods of gaining the necessary information involve hacking into supposedly secure databases, or internet purchasing scams that trick unsuspecting victims into giving up their important information.

In Los Angele County, officers with the L.A. County Identity Theft Task Force arrested two men the day before Thanksgiving on suspicion of identity theft.  Mauro Cortez and Rigoberto Cortez were suspected of using the identities of several Army Reservists currently serving tours of duty in Afghanistan to establish credit and eventually purchahe vehicles for themselves.  The two men were said to have been given the necessary information by another U.S. Army Reservist who is also currently on active duty.

Identity theft is always an appalling crime since it involves the theft of sensitive information as well as, ultimately, money from anoter person, but this crime is particularly easy to see as despicable since it involved United State’s soldiers currently away on active duty.  However, it really does not matter whose identity or financial information is stolen, or from where the information was gained.  If you or someone you know is facing identity theft charges, it is urgent that you find an exceptional criminal defense attorney right away, particularly one that is qualified to handle federal crimes since many identity theft cases turn out to be federal offenses.